Wentworth Castle - Baroque façade
Completed 1709-25, Wentworth Castle was a disinherited Tory's response to his Whig cousin. Built on the neighbouring estate to Wentworth Woodhouse, Stainborough Hall was renamed Wentworth Castle. This is the only British example of Franco-Prussian Baroque, by the architect Johann de Bodt.
Wentworth Castle - Façade detail
One detail of the façade that is characteristic of the Prussian Baroque is the manner in which the crest (containing the motto 'Honi Soit Qui Mail Y Pense', arising from the Earl of Strafford's pride at being a Garter Knight) punctures the horizontals of the Baroque frontage.
Wentworth Castle - Baroque Façade
Beautifully carved detail over the central fanlight of the façade
Wentworth Castle - inside the hall
A ceiling painting by Clemont - one of only six in existence in the UK.
Wentworth Castle - Interior ceiling design
(Colours are more municipal than Georgian - the building has been a college since the 40s)
Ceiling detail - again, colours not entirely accurate maybe, but an astonishing craftsmanship which I would happily see compared to the Hermitage in St Petersburg.
Wentworth Castle - Enfilade
The Georgian Group visitors move through the Enfilade back to the central entrance hall.
Wentworth Castle - ceiling
One of the earlier ceiling designs that was incorporated into the Baroque larger-roomed settings.
Wentworth Castle - stairwell
A grand stairwell which may have been coloured in a municipal style, but retains its Baroque splendour.
Wentworth Castle - stairwell detail
This stairwell medallion depicting Thomas Wentworth, first Earl of Strafford (second creation) as Perseus, killing the Medusa with the aid of the mirrored shield provided by his patron Minerva. In this case, the allegory involves Wentworth=Perseus; Minerva=Queen Anne; and Medusa=War - so that, Queen Anne's patronage of Wentworth is celebrated in his ability to support peace through his ardent support of the Jacobite inheritance.
Wentworth Castle - fireplace, gallery
Some nice details - the house is otherwise noticeably denuded of its rooms' fireplaces. This is in a long gallery which has now become a library.
Wentworth Castle - Palladian Window - long gallery
At the end of the long gallery, having traversed the Baroque frontage of the property, we can tell we are now looking out of the Palladian façade by the structure of the window.
Wentworth Castle - older house
The ?17th century house remains as a core to the grander façades - here, we see how the older house abuts the new Baroque building on the left.
Wentworth Castle - looking to the lands
The Baroque façades face astonishingly distant valleys and hills of South Yorkshire.
Wentworth Castle - Palladian façade
To the south, the Palladian front of Wentworth Castle is a model of restrained English Palladianism, compared to the more florid Prussian-influenced east front.
Wentworth Woodhouse - Well Gate
On to the competitor, Wentworth Woodhouse: the Well Gate between the older West front (the back of which is to the left) and the grander East Front (the back of which is to the right)
Wentworth Woodhouse: Bastion garden view
the Bastion which supports a dramatically raised garden with temple folly behind the photographer and views across to the Rockingham Mausoleum and Keppel Column (not visible).
Wentworth Woodhouse - West Front
The ravishing, and older (ca. C17th) West Front of Wentworth Woodhouse viewed from the processional driveway that leads to the estate church. Note that then, ostensibly grander, East Front is not visible behind this, more intimate, private wing.
Wentworth Woodhouse - ice house
In the gardens, the ice house of the older house.
Wentworth Woodhouse - East Front (central part)
Just the main, central part of this, the longest façade of any private house in Europe (the second longest being Empress Catherine's St Petersburg Palace)
Wentworth Woodhouse - East Façade
The astonishing East Front of Wentworth Woodhouse - the range to the right is subsiding dramatically to the point that it is not safe for even the family to enter. A claim to the National Coal Authority has been referred (by the Authority) to the European Court for adjudication.
Another view of the 600ft+ façade of Wentworth Woodhouse.
Wentworth Woodhouse - stable block
Part of the increasingly dilapidated stable block of Wentworth Woodhouse on the main entrance driveway - a tantalising glimpse provided by the Georgian Group's relationship with the house's staff.
Wentworth Woodhouse - Riding School
The Riding School building in the neighbouring courtyard to the stable block, on the list for restoration, but in the queue with a lot of other quite spectacular rooms.